Tuesday, November 2

Upcycled T-shirt Dress

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Hi everyone!  This is Cheri from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar.  I love being able to take old things and give them new life - especially with clothing.  Today I'm going to show you how to take some old t-shirts and turn them into something fun.  Let me introduce the Upcycled T-shirt Dress. 


Now right off the bat you might be thinking, "That's nice but I don't have any cute t-shirts or knits."  Don't you fret or frown.  I've got an extra little step for you.


After rounding up my t-shirts, I felt like some of them needed something extra.  I found some foam stamps.  You could even make your own if you wanted to.  I painted my fabric paint onto the stamp and pressed it onto the fabric.  I did this until it looked like a funky knit fabric.  (Don't worry about each stamp being perfect.  They won't be, but it'll still be really cute.  It'll look more vintage.)


I did another one using a lip-shaped stamp.


To add a little variety, I took another fabric and drew "XOXO"s all over it with my fabric markers.


For the top of the dress you can cut off any shirt.  Maybe you can find a shirt that has a stain on the bottom half that you would have gotten rid of.  Now there's a bit of sewing involved here, but it's still a pretty simple project.

Next I aligned all my different strips and sewed them together.  I wanted the seams to be on the outside, to give it that messy patchy look.  You need two of these - one for the back and one for the front.


I trimmed the edges carefully.  I wanted the dress to be a-line and I made sure the top of the skirt was about a 1/2 inch wider then the bottom of the shirt, so that after I sewed the from and back of the skirt together (using 1/4 inch seams) they would be the same width.


I sewed the front and back together, but I didn't want those seams on the outside.  (Tip: I like to start at the bottom of the skirt to make sure the two parts line up.)  I also made sure to use the bottom of a t-shirt for the last layer so I wouldn't have to do my own hem.  Clever and lazy, yes.  Lastly, I sewed the skirt to the top.


It was a fun project and I was happy to give my dull, old knits some extra life.


Even if you don't sew, you could use the same concepts to spice up a plain tee or hat.  The Tulip fabric paint and markers are sure to make anything a whole lot more fun.

17 comments:

Katie said...

Adorable!! I want to make one RIGHT NOW!

Wendy said...

okay, now I know what I'm doing tonight...

Tabatha said...

Sweet!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Great job on this. Love how you added the fabric stamping, the kids can get involved and personalize it. Well done!

kirstin & jordan said...

Ummm, so FABULOUS!

Robin said...

Love it! I love upcycling T-shirts!

La Mama Loca said...

With 4 daughters close in age, we have an abundance of material to chose from! Soooo must try this!! Love it!

Ramirez said...

Absolutely love this! I am piecing some together now. Thanks so much for the idea!

Jus Shar Designs said...

Wondering if I should make one in my size.....

Allison said...

Hi Cheri--I found this tutorial SO INSPIRING! I made two of these dresses yesterday--and they came out so beautiful. I used fun, funky tees that I had on hand. I blogged about it today and posted a link to your tutorial.

http://vintagepollyanna.blogspot.com/2010/12/upcycled-t-shirt-dress.html

Dilly Dally and Flitter said...

So clever! I agree with Jus Shar! One for me would be great! I have been looking for just the right idea to make a cute grown up tunic... wear over jeans or leggings!

Cute stuff! and great job! Thanks for taking the time to show us how...


Michelle

Anonymous said...

Cheri! I finally tried this tutorial for myself! I posted the final pieces on my blog with a link to your post! Thanks for your talent and sharing it with the world! ~A.B.
http://ladybaillio.blogspot.com/2011/02/patchwork-upcycled-t-shirt-dress.html

Michel said...

All did love t-shirts, and now that anyone and everyone can whip out their own I like them even more.

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Dannielle Johns said...

So, so adorable!!!

Martine Sansiquet said...

bravo! vraiment une belle idée toute simple!!!
de la part de babioles et bobines de Martine

Pritam Mallick said...

Thanks For Share Awesome dress
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